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It’s Been A Year.

Gosh. It’s odd that this blog has been getting any sort of traffic at all, given that I’ve been neglecting it so hard. But then, what was I gonna talk about that would be worth reading with the pandemic in the background? It all seemed a bit futile. Good news is there’ll probably be a … Continue reading It’s Been A Year.

Recommending “It’s Not All In Your Head.”

I recently came across a podcast that approaches similar issues to those that I’m concerned about like the profit motive in mental health care, the encroaching influence of the psychopharmaceutical companies, the atomization of the individual, etc. I think it’s important to share it here, because I think it’s an important discussion to have. Note: … Continue reading Recommending “It’s Not All In Your Head.”

Some Ways Meditation Has Been Affective for Me.

In this piece, I’ll recount the experience I’ve had with practicing contemplation or meditation, or whatever you want to call it, and the way it effected my personal and professional lives. Update (29/05/2020): It’s worth noting that I don’t take meditation very seriously these days. At the minute, I’m questioning a lot of things. That … Continue reading Some Ways Meditation Has Been Affective for Me.

Against the Computer Model of the Mind: Can We Reduce All Properties to Quantities?

I. Strong and Weak Representationalism Despite Western thought’s persistence to the effect, there are nevertheless reasons to doubt the idea that the mind comes in contact with the world through the mediation of a representation. For that matter, there are also good reasons to doubt the idea that the mind is in some way separate … Continue reading Against the Computer Model of the Mind: Can We Reduce All Properties to Quantities?

Dreyfus on Heidegger No. 4 and 5; also, The Conclusion to This Series for The Moment.

This is going to be my last set of notes on Dreyfus’ lectures for two reasons. The first is that as I go, I’m becoming really vividly aware of how little of this I get, and the second is that I’m not convinced these pieces are going to be accessible enough to be worth putting … Continue reading Dreyfus on Heidegger No. 4 and 5; also, The Conclusion to This Series for The Moment.

Dreyfus on Heidegger No. 2 and 3; also, Schizophrenia and Addiction as Loss of Contact.

In this post I’m going to cover what I took away from Dreyfus’ second and third lectures on Heidegger’s Being and Time. It’s worth noting that a lot of the material he covers in these lectures is prompted by questions from the audience, and so it gets a little bit circuitous. The following notes are … Continue reading Dreyfus on Heidegger No. 2 and 3; also, Schizophrenia and Addiction as Loss of Contact.

Dreyfus on Heidegger No.1; also, Thoughts on Ecological Perception and Self-Image.

In my sort of quest to understand Heidegger, I’ve been looking for a suitable lecture series. The reason he’s such a live figure to me is that he figures substantially in Peterson’s lectures on personality, specifically in the borrowed notion that Human Being is an essentially purposive being: human being is oriented being for a … Continue reading Dreyfus on Heidegger No.1; also, Thoughts on Ecological Perception and Self-Image.

Why Heidegger Needs to Be Impossible to Understand, and Why it Might be Worth Calling Things The Wrong Name.

I. I’ve been spending the last few weeks working through Heidegger’s Being and Time. It’s fascinating, but also super difficult to understand. One of the reasons it’s so difficult to understand is that Heidegger insists on inventing specialist terminology. I really understand the motivation behind it, which is that language can often obfuscate the truth … Continue reading Why Heidegger Needs to Be Impossible to Understand, and Why it Might be Worth Calling Things The Wrong Name.

Beware the Optimization-Effiency Constraint! Also: A Hope for Freedom.

I. Here are some ideas to play with: that culture affects thought through language; that culture can be impressed and enforced in relation to some incentives; that culture is incentivized to impress certain modes of thinking, speaking and being in order to reinforce its own position. These are all sort of standard moves if we’re … Continue reading Beware the Optimization-Effiency Constraint! Also: A Hope for Freedom.

Resource List!

Just to let you all know, I’ve started compiling lectures/webites/books/etc that I find useful/beautiful/meaningful in a page just off to the side. I figured I’d make a post here to direct attention to it for anyone who uses an RSS feed, etc. I hope it’s useful for someone. Nos.

Writing Exercises for Self Inquiry.

In previous pieces, drawing on the work of John Vervake and Ian McGilchrist, I’ve discussed the importance of reciprocal processing and participatory experience in enabling insight, wisdom, and implicitly, eudaimonic well being. For the most part, those pieces were theory-oriented. Now let’s talk about applying the theory in practice. These practices are not my own … Continue reading Writing Exercises for Self Inquiry.

I For One Am a Pretty Big Fan of the Internet, Honestly. Or, How to Love Universally, Impersonally.

Also on Medium. I. The Obverse of Mook Manor. It’s really easy to get down about the state of collective discourse on the internet. It’s easy to think that the only consequence of our increased inter-connection is an increased capacity to be ass-holes to each other. That’s true. I’m pretty sure the internet has a … Continue reading I For One Am a Pretty Big Fan of the Internet, Honestly. Or, How to Love Universally, Impersonally.

Tango as Spiritual Practice: Bringing Together Heaven and Earth.

Also on Medium. In previous pieces ‘Statement of Purpose for The Modern Spiritual Seeker’ and ‘Critiquing the ‘All Incense’ Approach to Spirituality’, I started to build up an account of spirituality that requires practice, structure, and the willingness to radically discard structure in order to acquire wisdom. While this piece is intended to make sense … Continue reading Tango as Spiritual Practice: Bringing Together Heaven and Earth.